Posts tagged ‘work’

August 18, 2011

Bee’s Knees

via Pinterest (original link no longer exists!)

Amen. Seriously.

I came across this quote a few weeks ago and I ran across it again while perusing through my Pinterest boards. It really struck a cord with me. I think some background info would be helpful to explain why this hit home…

Year round I work with preschool aged children with special needs; this summer I worked at a summer camp for children with special needs. It’s called Camp Bonaventure and it’s with the Between Friends Club of Calgary (a little promo in there!) and it’s been the most eye-opening, rewarding, selfless, heartbreaking, tiring 8 weeks of my life. My summer consisted of making these kids smile and feel like they finally belong in a society that still chooses to reject them for who they are. Some of my favourite kids I have ever met, I met this summer. They had disabilities that left them blind, delayed, with limited mobility or functioning at a toddler’s level.  And that is just the tip of the iceberg for many of these kids. It has resounded with me in such a powerful way and I loved my summer.

However; I also worked my butt off every day for these kids.  I was exhausted at the end of my day – I was physically, mentally and emotionally drained from my day. We dealt with things like changing diapers, chasing kids who liked to run, aggressive behaviours and reasoning with many kids who didn’t have the ability to reason. But it was all worth it and it will always be worth it.

How does this quote relate? I made a commitment to myself, to these kids and to my team to serve wholeheartedly and without fail this summer. I said to myself “I am here to make a difference and to work as hard as I can for someone else’s benefit.” I set a goal for myself to put my needs and wants second to these kids.

I promised to work hard.

How many of us pray for things from God, but fail to realize that He still expects us to work at our goals in order to succeed in His name? Our expectations become askew – we expect that since we prayed for God to make something happen, it will suddenly happen for us. I know I do this. I think everyone’s guilty of it. The part we forget sometimes is that He expects us to work hard at everything we do. Everything. We must work hard in order to earn what we ask for and in order to earn what we want.

“Work your garden—you’ll end up with plenty of food; 
   play and party—you’ll end up with an empty plate.”

– Proverbs 28:19 (The Message)

Clearly we don’t all work in a garden. I mean that would be a cool job, but not everyone gets to pick tomatoes for a living! This verse lays it out perfectly for us: Word hard, you’ll be rewarded. Be lazy, no rewards. These rewards tie right into the prayer requests we have for God.

A tangible example I can think of is if you needed a car. Yours broke down and had to make the trip to the mass car grave. You shed a tear. You pray and ask God to provide a new car for you, for it to be the right price for you and not a total clunker. 

Now you have two options: Option 1) Keep praying and asking for God to provide a car for you. All the while you borrow you parents car and make no effort to look for one. When your parents ask when you’ll get a car you respond with “I’ve been praying about it.”  Option 2) You keeping praying to the big G, but you also hit the newspaper, Kijiji, Autodealer, used car dealerships, ads anywhere and go and look at 10 different cars. 

Another example? You get up in the morning and pray to God that he provides you with energy for the day, and to have a good day. You get to work late, slack off all morning while you tool around on the Internet, take an extra long lunch break, spend the afternoon tooling around some more and talking to your partner on the phone for 30 minutes and leave early. And you eat that coworker Joe’s last piece of birthday cake too.

Does any of this seem totally ridiculous? Both examples probably sound extreme, but I have h0nestly witnessed situations like these and have been guilty of them too.

I personally want to be known by my character and that includes my work ethic. So shouldn’t we honor God by being hard workers and putting in 100% every day? I really feel that we are called to be diligent and hard workers every day we head to work and in any aspect of our lives.

So Gordon B. Hinckley had it right: Get on your knees and pray, then get on your feet and work!

Real gold fears no fire,

Torrie xoxo

(p.s Sorry if this post is incoherent and sort of jumbled; it’s late and it’s been a while since I’ve written a post. I feel like I’m getting rusty here.)

February 8, 2011

A Balanced Life – Does this exist?

It’s nearly 10 pm as I start writing this entry and I feel like I have not done anything on my To Do list. This isn’t true because I’ve made sugar cookie dough, done dishes, sorted laundry, run a couple loads of said laundry, cleaned my kitchen, picked out new floors and made 2 more social life plans while rescheduling 2 more. But I feel like I haven’t done anything because I have paperwork sitting that is 2 weeks overdue, a work To Do list that includes taking a photo of myself for an ID badge, cut out flyers for category books and create activity cards.

My week includes/ed: Full work week (for me, not truly 40 hours) plus wings on Monday, dinner with inlaws Wednesday, coffee with girlfriend and dinner with married couple on Friday, dinner with married couple on Saturday and church on Sunday. I effectively have tonight and Thursday night to accomplish all I want to accomplish. I feel exhausted looking at my schedule. In fact, I’ve been wanting to write a post for a few days but haven’t found the time for it because when I actually have some down time I just want to sleep.

That being said, I have to really make an effort to have  a social life, a home life, a job and a spiritual life. I find it incredibly challenging to find a healthy balance between all of these. This week is unusual in how many social appointments I made, but I find that if I don’t force myself to make plans and to commit to them, I don’t have a social life at all. If I have a great social life, my home life suffers. If I have too much of a home life, my job and social life suffer. Nothing suffers from having a spiritual life that dominates all. I’m just guilty of not making enough time in my day for spiritual time with God. Shame on me. But I honestly want to know and want to hear how you find a balance between everything you do in life.

How do you find that happy balance between home, friends, marriage (if it applies to you, this could be significant other too), work or school, and God?

For those that read this blog and know me and access it via Facebook, please leave a comment! I know you’re all reading this, don’t be afraid to drop a thought or anything! I welcome it =) Discussions are greater when they are not one sided and in my head.

Now that I’ve gotten my “balance” of home life tonight, I suppose I should get onto the work life portion. Here’s to happy thoughts!

Real gold fears no fire,


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